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As we end 2016 we should all stop in at Ceres in the Chicago Board of Trade Building for a stiff drink and to shake the hand of Billy Assimos. He was the focus of the most read story on www.johnlothiannews.com in 2016, according to Google Analytics. Sarah Rudolph penned the story, “Billy Assimos, the Face of Ceres” in June of this year. Assimos is the longtime manager of Ceres, a restaurant and bar in the CBOT Building, and a friend of many. I guess it pays to serve the stiffest drinks in Chicago. Coming in second place was Jim…

Inside a Moneymaking Machine Like No Other; Schumer Says He Can Block Trump’s Efforts to Repeal Dodd-Frank; Gold bugs blindsided by Trumpflation John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Thomas Sexton to succeed Daniel Roth as NFA President and CEO on March 1, 2017 NFA NFA announced today that its Board of Directors appointed Thomas Sexton, to serve as NFA’s President and CEO, effective March 1, 2017. Daniel Roth, NFA’s President and CEO, who announced his retirement in May 2016, will work closely with NFA’s Board and Mr. Sexton during this important transition. /goo.gl/YV8SjM **** Congratulations to Tom Sexton on being appointed the third CEO in the history of the NFA. There were reports of tremendous candidates for the position and Tom Sexton won the day. We…

Adena Friedman to take the helm at Nasdaq; SEC Chairman White to Leave Agency, Opening Door to Conservative Shift; Deciphering Cybersecurity, the CAT and a New Presidency John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read November 7 to 11 and November 14, 2016 (Spoofer Pleads; Pre-Hedging Futures Blocks; Form 40 and Reg AT Again; President Trump) Gary DeWaal – Bridging The Week Last week, Navinder Singh Sarao – accused by both the Department of Justice and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission of engaging in spoofing-type conduct that contributed to the May 6, 2010, “Flash Crash” – pleaded guilty to his DOJ criminal charges and proposed to settle his CFTC civil action, following his extradition to the United States from the United Kingdom. In addition, ICE Futures U.S. once again proposed revisions to its…

JLN Managed Futures: CTA Launches Fall to Lowest Level Since 2006; R.J. O’Brien (UK) Limited Wins “Best FCM – Innovation” Award At CTA Intelligence European Services Awards 2015; Barclay CTA Index Down 0.78% in October; Global Equity Rally Challenges Trend Followers Managed Futures,Newsletter

Observations/Commentary Emerging Manager Forum Miami, Conference Update CTA Expo Don’t miss out on Emerging Manager Forum Miami 2015, December 10 at the Eden Roc Hotel! Registrations this year are still running ahead of registrations last year. We now have over 200 registered, including 80 registered as capital sources and 48 participating traders; nearly 50% of those attending are Hedge Funds. The registration trends that began last year seem to be continuing with substantial numbers from South Florida and many new names. The Conference Program is now available online. In it you will find an informative and engaging mix of speakers…

John Lothian Newsletter: CME Futures Draw More Currency Traders Than Ever Amid Bank Fines; Commodity indexing embraces new methods; Are Wall Street Interns the Latest Regulatory Target? John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Paul-André Jacot; The Story of a Man, an Organization and a Conference I Will Go To Bürgenstock This Year In Honor of Paul-André By John J. Lothian Paul Meier, the longtime chairman and now honorary chairman of the Swiss Futures and Options Association, has written a tribute to his friend and SFOA colleague, the late Paul-André Jacot, who passed away last week. The tribute is about Paul-André, but it is also about the SFOA, its history and the Bürgenstock conference. While Paul Andre has left this world for the next, the Bürgenstock Conference still hangs on despite many…

JLN Managed Futures: Funds: What’s hot, what’s not; Why 2014 was another ‘banner year’ for trend-following funds; Pension funds seek riskier, illiquid bets to make returns they need Managed Futures,Newsletter

Observations/Commentary Looking Up: RJO’s Gerry Corcoran Bullish On Managed Futures Jim Kharouf – JLN As CEO of one of the largest FCMs in the world, Gerry Corcoran of RJ O’Brien has diversified its services from futures execution and a clearing member firm to a host of other markets and businesses including managed futures. To him, the managed futures space has a lot of room to grow. JLN editor-in-chief Jim Kharouf sat down with Corcoran last week at the FIA Boca Conference to talk a bit about his views of the managed futures space. Q: What do you see in the…

John Lothian Newsletter: US SEC economists to write paper on risky ETFs and market volatility; Banking bonuses set to disappoint in City and on Wall Street; GMEX readies for launch with Virtu deal John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read ICE gasoil future rolling to lower sulphur contract Reuters ICE gasoil futures, the most actively traded diesel and distillate benchmark contract, switches to a lower sulphur specification on Monday when the January contract expires. jlne.ws/1DAsuG0 ***** I can’t wait for the sulphur swag at Boca. ++++ R.J. O’Brien Appoints Danca, Connolly To Build Out Precious Metals Institutional Offering RJ O’Brien Chicago-based R.J. O’Brien & Associates (RJO), the oldest and largest independent futures brokerage and clearing firm in the United States, announced today the appointment of Kevin J. Danca, 45, and Michael G. Connolly, 42, as Directors, FX and…

R.J. O’Brien & Associates, LLC Sponsors Golf Outing for Misericordia Home at Evanston Golf Club Blog,Giving News

R.J. O’Brien & Associates, LLC, the Corcoran Family Foundation and the The Clearing Corporation Charitable Foundation are sponsoring a golf outing on Thursday, September 25 at the Evanston Golf Club in support of Misericordia Home. This is the fifth year R.J. O’Brien has sponsored this golf outing in support of Misericordia, which has been providing services for persons inneed since 1921. Originally a home for unwed mothers,Misericordia opened its doors to infants and children withdevelopmental disabilities in 1954. Today, Misericordia is proud to support more than 600children and adults with a wide range of developmentaldisabilities from all racial, religious and…

Matthew Rees, R.J. O’Brien – Three Old Words For New Generations of Futures Trading Video

“Without the human element, technology is as cold as anything can be.” In today’s world, there are several ways we can communicate with each other. Email, text messages and social media are now connecting the entire world together, but some of this communication leaves behind a personal connection between people. Matthew Rees, chief relationship officer of R.J. O’Brien & Associates, discusses a different perspective of technology, and the importance of keeping the human element when building and maintaining relationships with customers. Rees mentions how there is a “sweet spot” when utilizing new communication tools and staying connected to the “traditional…